Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Sea King's Daughter

Title: The Sea King's Daughter (A Russian Legend)

Author: Aaron Shepard

Illustrator: Gennady Spirin

Genre: Children's European Folk Tales

Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies

Where to buy: Amazon

Synopsis: Long ago in the river port city of Novgorod the Great, there lived a musician named Sadko. Called daily to the feasts of the city's rich merchants, Sadko would play his twelve-string gusli to the gay dancing of many a fair maiden. But the Maidens were rich and Sadko was poor, and not one it them would think of being his.

About the Author: Aaron Shepard is the award-winning author of The Baker’s Dozen, The Maiden of Northland, Lady White Snake, and many more children’s books. His stories have appeared often in Cricket magazine, while his Web site is known internationally as a prime resource for folktales, storytelling, and reader’s theater.

About the Illustrator: Gennady Spirin, with a style he describes as “fairy-tale realism,” is one of the world’s most esteemed children’s illustrators. His honors include five gold medals from the Society of Illustrators, the Golden Apple from the Bratislava International Biennial, First Prize at the Bologna and Barcelona international book fairs, and four appearances on the New York Times list
of Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Born and trained in Russia before moving to the United States, Gennady already knew well the legend of Sadko and welcomed the chance to contribute his sumptuous art to this retelling.

Review: Beautiful illustrations complement an amazing story. A fanciful tale of love and loss, hard work, joy, and loneliness. I especially appreciate the small section at the end explaining the tradition of this Russian folktale.